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This article is about the fictional characters. For the film, see Ant-Man (film).
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Tales to Astonish #27 (January 1962)
Created by Stan Lee
Larry Lieber
Jack Kirby
In-story information
Alter ego Hank Pym
Scott Lang
Chris McCarthy
Eric O'Grady
Team affiliations Avengers

Leading authority in myrmecology research
Size-shifting from nearly microscopic to ~100 feet gigantic (both at extremes)
Maintains strength of normal size in shrunken state
Bio-Energy Projection, also known as a Bio-Sting

Superhuman strength and agility

Ant-Man is the name of several fictional superheroes appearing in books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby, Ant-Man's first appearance was in Tales to Astonish #27 (January 1962). The persona was originally the superhero alias of the brilliant scientist Hank Pym after inventing a substance that allowed him to change size; however, Scott Lang and Eric O'Grady have also taken on the Ant-Man mantle.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Over the years a number of different characters have assumed the title of Ant-Man, most of whom have been connected with the Avengers.

Hank Pym[edit]

Main article: Hank Pym

Biophysicist and Security Operations Center expert Dr. Henry 'Hank' Pym decided to become a superhero after discovering a chemical substance (Pym Particles) that would allow the user to alter his size. Armed with a helmet that could control ants, Pym would shrink down to the size of an insect to become the mystery-solving Ant-Man.[1] He soon shared his discovery with his girlfriend Janet van Dyne, his crime-fighting partner as the Wasp.[2] The duo would become founding members of the Avengers, fighting recurring enemies such as the mad scientist Egghead, the mutant Whirlwind, and Pym's own robotic creation Ultron.[3] While Pym is the original Ant-Man, he has adopted other aliases over the years including Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket,[2] and Wasp after Janet's presumed death in Secret Invasion.[4] Leaving his original persona vacant, his successors have taken up the Ant-Man role while Pym explored these other identities.

Scott Lang[edit]

Main article: Ant-Man (Scott Lang)

Scott Lang was a thief who became Ant-Man after stealing the Ant-Man suit to save his daughter Cassandra "Cassie" Lang from a heart condition.[5] Reforming from his life of crime, Lang soon took on a full-time career as Ant-Man with the encouragement of Hank Pym.[6] He became an affiliate of the Fantastic Four,[7] and most recently became a full-time member of the Avengers. For a period of time he dated Jessica Jones.[5] He was later killed by the Scarlet Witch along with the Vision and Hawkeye in Avengers Disassembled,[8] and his daughter took up his heroic mantle as Stature in the book Young Avengers. He returned to life in 2011 in the mini series, The Children's Crusade, but lost his daughter when she heroically sacrificed herself to stop a super charged Doctor Doom, who would later revive her during the AXIS event.

Chris McCarthy[edit]

Chris McCarthy is the third character to use the Ant-Man title. Created by Robert Kirkman and Phil Hester, the character first appears in Irredeemable Ant-Man #1 (December 2006).

He was a low level agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. working in the reconnaissance department on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. Chris and his friend Eric O'Grady were tasked with guarding Dr. Hank Pym's lab by the higher ranking agent Mitch Carson. When Pym went to leave the lab, Chris panicked while Eric attacked and knocked Pym unconscious. Inside the lab, the two found the most recent Ant-Man suit, which Chris put on and promptly activated, shrinking down. Thinking him gone, Eric panicked again and ran off. Chris promptly got lost in the Helicarrier, stuck at the 1-Inch size.[9] Around this time, a group of Hydra superhumans attacked the Helicarrier, and Chris and Eric are caught up in the ensuing chaos. Whilst trying to find a safe place to hide, Chris was killed to which Eric takes the Ant-Man suit off his own friend's corpse.[10]

Eric O'Grady[edit]

Main article: Eric O'Grady

Eric O'Grady is the fourth character to take up the Ant-Man title. O'Grady is a low-level agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who stumbled upon the Ant-Man suit in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s headquarters.[9] A man of few morals and willing to lie, cheat, steal and manipulate in order to get ahead in life, Eric stole the armor for his own selfish plans, which included using his status as a "super-hero" to seduce women[10] and humiliate and torment others.[11] He had his own short-lived title before being part of other teams such as joining Avengers: The Initiative as his first team and then joining The Thunderbolts but more recently Secret Avengers, where the character perished heroically while defending a child against the villain known as Father.

Other media[edit]


Garrett Morris as Ant-Man on Saturday Night Live, March 17, 1979
  • Ant-Man made his live-action debut on March 17, 1979, on NBC's Saturday Night Live in the sketch "Superhero Party". He was portrayed by Garrett Morris, who later cameoed in Marvel Studios' Ant-Man (2015) as a cab driver.[12][13]
  • Three Versions of Ant-Man (Hank Pym, Scott Lang and Yellowjacket) all appear throughout Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
  • Scott Lang appears as Ant-Man in Ultimate Spider-Man television series episode titled "Ant-Man".
  • An "Ant-Man" TV series was one of several planned TV shows from Marvel in 1980's. [14]
  • Ant-Man (Scott Lang) appears along with the Hulk in a Coke Mini commercial that premiered during Super Bowl 50. Paul Rudd, who plays the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, reprises the role in the commercial by providing the voice of Ant-Man.[15]


  • A live-action film, featuring Scott Lang and Hank Pym, titled Ant-Man, was released on July 17, 2015.[16][17] The film is directed by Peyton Reed, with a screenplay by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd from a story by Wright and Cornish.[18][19] Wright was slated to direct the film but left the project in May 2014 due to creative differences with the studio.[20] In November 2013, Kevin Feige confirmed that aspects of Eric O'Grady's Ant-Man would not be featured in the film.[21] In December 2013, Paul Rudd was cast as Ant-Man,[22] followed in January 2014 with the casting of Michael Douglas as Pym, and the confirmation of Rudd as Lang.[23]
  • Rudd will reprise his role in Captain America: Civil War (2016),[24] and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).[25]


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  2. ^ a b "Secret Invasion Illumination". May 30, 2008. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
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  4. ^ "Mighty Avengers: Assemble". October 7, 2009. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Marvel's 5 Unluckiest Heroes: A Friday the 13th Special Report". July 17, 2007. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
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  8. ^ Avengers #500 (September 2004)
  9. ^ a b Irredeemable Ant-Man #1 (October 2006)
  10. ^ a b Irredeemable Ant-Man #2 (November 2006)
  11. ^ Irredeemable Ant-Man #3 (December 2006)
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  14. ^ "Uncovering Marvel's lost '80s cartoon pitches - Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources". Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources. 
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  16. ^ Douglas, Edward (July 26, 2006). "Exclusive: Edgar Wright Talks Ant-Man". Retrieved July 30, 2006. 
  17. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 23, 2014). "Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Moves into Former Superman-Batman Release Date". Variety. Archived from the original on July 23, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Director Peyton Reed and Writer Adam McKay Join Marvel's Ant-Man". June 7, 2014. Archived from the original on June 7, 2014. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  19. ^ Sneider, Jeff (April 22, 2015). "Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ Resolves Writing Credit Dispute (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Archived from the original on April 22, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  20. ^ Graser, Mark (May 23, 2014). "Edgar Wright Exits Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ as Director". Variety. Archived from the original on May 23, 2014. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  21. ^ Bibbiani, William (November 8, 2013). "Exclusive Interview: Kevin Feige on Thor and Marvel’s Future". CraveOnline. Archived from the original on July 23, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Paul Rudd Set to Star in Marvel's Ant-Man". Marvel Entertainment. Marvel Studios. December 19, 2013. Archived from the original on July 23, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  23. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 13, 2014). "Michael Douglas to Star as Hank Pym in Marvel's Ant-Man". Variety. Archived from the original on January 13, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Marvel Studios Begins Production on Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War'". May 7, 2015. Archived from the original on May 7, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  25. ^ Strom, Marc (October 8, 2015). "Marvel Studios Phase 3 Update". Archived from the original on October 8, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 

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